Stoops' Scoop

July 13, 2022 Edition #11

Superintendent's Video Message

Are You Ready for the 2022-2023 School Year?

I hope you are all enjoying the weather and joys that summers bring to the Southern Willamette Valley. We are busy in the district preparing for a new year of teaching, learning and opportunities ahead. The first day of school is September 6th for some students, and September 7th for all students. Yes, that is only "55" days away. We miss you already:) Check out our District Website for all the information you need about registration and the upcoming school year.

Summer Lunch Program in Junction City

Food for Lane County is operating a Summer Food Program, June 27th - August 26th. The program serves lunch 11:30-12:30, Monday through Friday in Laurel Park and at the Junction City Community Center for all students ages 18 and under. Information can be found on the Food for Lane County Website.

Summer School and K.I.T.S. are Up and Running

Summer school is up and running. We have about 65 staff and 250 students involved at some level throughout the summer in academic and enrichment programs. Students in grades K-8 are focusing on Reading, Math and Enrichment activities. High school students are focusing on credit recovery. Our K.I.T.S. program is for incoming kindergarten students preparing them for a smooth transition into school.

Territorial Elementary Clears Trees

Territorial Elementary School received a $1000 Fire Suppression Zone Grant to assist with removal of vegetation and dead trees from the east side of the school. Several trees were crowding the school posing a serious fire danger. Three large dying spruce trees were also removed. A special thank you to the Junction City Fire Department and Mike Rose and M.R. Tree Service for helping keep our rural school safe and healthy.

Friday Night Lights will Return this Fall

New LED stadium lighting installation is almost complete. Local business partners, volunteers and Junction City Public Works staff have been hard a work to have new stadium lighting in place for the start of fall sports and activities. A big "Thank You" to Gary Kaping and Jeremy Tracer and their staff for working side-by-side to tackle the challenges of this project. Weather and underground water have presented many challenges for all who are involved. It has been very impressive to see how this community can come together to accomplish a project of this scope to provide better opportunities for our kids.

JCSD School Board News

The next Junction City School Board Regular Meeting is Monday, August 22, 2022 at 6:00pm in the Junction City District Office Board Room at 325 Maple St. Public is welcome to attend. There will be no Regular Board Meeting in July. You may also participate remotely, a link will be provided on our district website when the meeting agenda is posted. The JCSD School Board was recently approved for the Diane Efseaff Memorial Scholarship Program. This program provides the board with six 3-hour training sessions over the next school year focusing on district leadership and strategic planning. Once the board completes the program they will be awarded $5000 to offer scholarships to JCHS graduates. Five board members and Superintendent Stoops attended the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) Summer Conference in Bend. The main focus of the conference was Family Engagement and Why it Matters. Other hot topics focused on Equity, Policy and Strategies for Boosting Learning.

Long-Range Facility Planning is in Comprehensive Facilities Assessment Mode

The JCSD Long-Range Facility Planning Committee (LRFP) last met on May 19th. David McKay, HMK Company and Marlene Gillis, Soderstrom Architects have been hired to perform the Facilities Assessments and complete the district's Long-Range Facility Plan. Over the summer the full assessments will be conducted and the district committee will begin reviewing the assessments at the next meeting, scheduled for August 25, 2022 (updated).
Junction City School District contracts school bus services with First Student. There is a major shortage of bus drivers. If you are interested please follow this link to learn more.